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. the other big story in egypt is the treatment of journalists. president obama spoke out on the suspect demanding detained reporters and human rights activists be freed. they took them away from the heart of the protest, this after they atooked journalists. a british journalist was severely beaten today. cnn anderson cooper tweeted he was attacked again today. this time his vehicle window was smashed. the u.s. calls it an attempt to intimidate the press and suppress the reporting what's really happening. while the egyptian government has accused the media of being sympathetic to protestors. president obama is praying for egypt. >> we pray that the violence in egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the egyptian people will be realized. and that a better day will dawn on egypt, and throughout the world. >> he spoke this morning at the annual national prayer breakfast in washington. mr. obama has called on egyptian president hosni mubarak to begin transitions to a more democratic system but stopped short of saying he must step down now. >> the husband of gabby gifford gave t
. >>> same-sex stunner. president obama changes his stance on a law blocking gay marriage. >>> investors have something to celebrate, as well. >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. there are new signs this morning that libyan leader, moammar gadhafi, is now losing his 40-year hold on power. the opposition has now taken control in the east. and is vowing to liberate the capital, tripoli. >> meanwhile, president obama has new stands to stop killing his own people. hundreds are dead. and there's protesters still in libya. emily schmidt has the details. >> reporter: good morning to you. americans who are trying to escape libya may not be able to do so. today, the sea waters are simply too rough for their ferries. so, they wait, while the world waits, to see what another day of protests brings. protesters in libya are gaining control. but at huge costs. hundreds killed, while moammar gadhafi forces fire on his own people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people
in the united states, president obama also sounded confident that the end was near. >> we are witnessing history unfold. it's a moment of transformation that is taking place because the people of egypt are calling for change. >> testifying on capitol hill. the cia director echoed news reports that mubarak would announce his resignation. >> i got the same information that you did. that there's a strong likelihood that mubarak may step down this evening. >> so late into the night, the crowd in tahrir square was already celebrates, moments before president mubarak made that speech to the nation. but afterwards, they were stunned. mubarak told them he would transfer constitutional powers to his hand-picked vice president, omar suleiman. but he did not say he was leaving yet. tahrir square answered him in a furious roar. no, leave, leave, they shouted. >> go out, go out! >> we are here until he goes! >> yet, again, the mood had changed. uncertainty reigned. >> it's not tomorrow morning early. it's to be announced that he is out and the country is clean from him. it's no one can imagine. and no one ca
. >> president obama and the democrats are playing lip service to job creation. >> alan: conservatives meeting in washington, dc point fingers. their straw poll favorites for the 2012 nominations for president. >> leigh: hi there. i'm leigh glaser. this hour much of the bay area seeing clear skies, although some fog reported in santa rosa. get ready for big weather changes in the next 24-36 hours. [ alarm clock buzzing, indistinct conversations ] [ female announcer ] important events can sneak up on you. oh, i am not ready. can i have a couple weeks? you could be ready. you could lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks when you replace breakfast and lunch with a fru, ain, and yoplait light. betsy bets. you haven't changed a bit. oh...neither have you... sean. well, yeah. [ female announcer ] go to yoplait.com to start your two week tune up. >> closed captioning brought to >> closed captioning brought to >> alan: congressman ron paul won the straw pole at the cpac conference. paul won the poll for the second consecutive year with 30% of the involvement former massachusetts governor mitt romney finished second
as faceless bureaucrats. but we're talking about teachers and nurses and firemen. >> reporter: president obama said yesterday that the wisconsin budget seems like an assault on unions. house speaker john boehner quickly countered saying a president shouldn't attack a governor for tackling the tough, budget problems. vinita and rob? >> emily schmidt, in washington. thanks, emily. >>> arabs are out in force today, despite a government ban on public gatherings in bahrain. protesters are defiant, saying they will bring down the 200-year-old monarchy. >> the white house is chastising the government's violent crackdown on protesters. and urging some restraint. >>> the obama administration is also reaching out to support democracy in egypt, redirecting funds once meant for hosni mubarak's government. >> marches are planned across that country today, to celebrate one week since the end of the mubarak regime. lama hasan joins us, now live, from cairo, by phone, with more. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning. tens of thousands have massed in tahrir square, liberation square, for what they're c
on michelle obama, encouraging mothers to breast-feed. >>> we begin in bahrain. a key ally in the middle east. we see the turmoil there. protesters criticizing the royal family, calling on them to step down. tens of thousands of protesters were driven from the streets by tear gas and rubber bullets overnight. at least two were killed and hundreds wounded. and miguel marquez is right in the middle of it and joins us this morning. miguel? >> reporter: george, 2 people at least five people were killed here and 100 people injured in a surprise crackdown that shocked everybody here last night. the streets of manama are very quiet today. the military is in charge. what began as a peaceful demonstration, in an instant, became a violent melee. hundreds of heavily-armed police swept through pearl square in the heart of manama bahrain's capital city. men, women and children were camping out after a day of protests here. it began a little after 3:00 a.m. helicopters circled overhead. police, in huge numbers, began pushing towards the square. i called abc news radio to report what
$1.76 per gallon for gasoline. >> and president obama condemned violence in libya, announcing he's studying options to pressure muammar gaddafi to stop attacks against his people. reports say mersen yairys are shooting everyone in sight. this video claims to show fighting. pro testers are not backing down, taking to the streets today and president obama says free speech rights must be protected. >> these actions violate international norms. and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. muammar gaddafi is vowing to stay in power, there is a mass exodus along libya's borders, thousands crossing into egypt, many call the situation inside of the country a slaughter house. >> and in the astro there is some reason to celebrate there has been a policy reversal on same-sex marriage. and here in california the court fight continues over prop 8, banning same-sex marriage. and opponents are asking those marriages be allowed to resume and mark matthews is here with more. >> they filed a motion today in the courts. looks as if the two are somehow related because opponents of
hours. wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> wayne, thank you. president obama is defending hills new budget as one of tough choices. he held a news conference that lasted more than an hour addressing two crises, the federal government and the middle east. >> kristen, president obama is visiting the bay area this thursday to meet with leaders in the tech industry and hoping to get their support for his just released 2012 budget. with the nation' deficit going up, president obama says his new proposed budget will keep going down. >> we've taken a scalp to the budget rather than a machete. >> he will save the country $400 billion over the next decade. also cutting healthcare costs while at the same time making sure every american can afford its. the president says that's the point of his affordable act. >> the deficits are going to be $50 budget lower. >> they call it dead on arrival. the president has presented us with a budget that spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much and that costs jobs and opportunities. >> a nation more than $14 trillion in the red. how much is that? if yo
to his people, the world and president obama. >>> war zone. on a day when journalists themselves became the targets and abc news teams were threatened with beheadings, we bring you a special one-hour edition of "nightline," crisis in egypt, starting right now. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," february 3rd, 2011. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. and we begin tonight's special with an extraordinary exclusive interview from inside egypt's presidential palace. there, president hosni mubarak, the strong man whose 30-year grip on power is loosening, waits and watches. outside those fortified walls, chaos. another day of bloody clashes. what is he thinking? and when will he step down? christiane amanpour brings us the first interview with hosni mubarak. christiane? >> reporter: terry, good evening. it has been the most extraordinary 24 hours. right now, we're broadcasting to you from inside our hotel room, rather than looking over the nile, looking over the protests as we have been doin
. president obama says qaddafi's decision to open fire on his own people is unacceptable. >> this is not simply a concern of the united states. the entire world is watching. >> the president is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to geneva for talks that could lead to sanctions. foreigners are rushing out before things get worse. >> there are thousands going to the airport just to be there and just to sit there waiting for nobody knows for what basically. >> the international federation says hundreds have been killed in the anti-government demonstrations. >>> the death toll stands at 98 following tuesday's devastating earthquake in christchurch. more than 200 others are missing in the aftermath of the 6.3 quake. analysts are now saying reconstruction could cost $12 billion. noel cisneros was escorted behind police lines for a look at the devastation. >> christchurch is known as the garden city. a mixture of the modern ringed with green. now the garden city looks like it has been bombed, looted and pull var rised into rub bish. -- and pulvarized to rub bish. >> not
possible resident >> welcome back. it's 5:24 let's make it. the obama administration may not be in such a hurry to close the prison at quantanamo bay after all. congressman leon penetta said that get moe is probably where osama bin laden and other senior al-queda leaders would be taken if they're captured alive. this is the first acknowledgement that the controversial prison might be used to hold future detainees. other officials added the president is committed to closing the prison and the long-time critic called the statements very disturbing. >> the father of the so-called american taliban john walker lynn continues to strongly defend his son. franklin spoke to law students yesterday. he said his son was wrongly branded as a terrorist by the u.s. government and as a trader by the american media. lynch says the military and bush administration botched his son's case from the movement he was captured in afghanistan in late 2001. >> the honorable thing for this -- the smart thing for the government of the united states to do when they find a kid who's fluent in arabic wh
budget battle. president obama prepares to submit his spending plan while conservative republicans are >>> egypt's military leaders have met two key demands by announcing they suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. known as the ruling council did that just today meeting for the first time since mubarak's departure saying it plans on running the country for about six months or until elections can be held. the military is working to clear out tahir square and reopen the surrounding roads to get the country moving again. establishing security will be their first priority. some protestors want to stay in the square. others seem satisfied that the transition is underway. >> people will leave and go home but egypt will come back again. everything will be okay. >> some egyptians continue to celebrate the victory of pushing mubarak out of power, others are taking part in cleaning up the square which is symbolic of their desire to clean up the government and take ownership of egypt. >> how long will egypt remain under military rule should elections be held right away? as s
is a registered sex offender. >> good news for projects in president obama's new budget. it sets aside hundreds of millions for subway and bart's san jose extension. terry mcsweeney is live in san francisco to crunch the number and talk more about what would still prevent the money from getting here. >> i'm here about a block from union square. the construction is already underway and the news that the muni got yesterday from washington was very good news indeed. hundreds of millions of bucks for this $1.6 billion project. take a look at some muni transportation agency animation what it's going to look like when it's all done. it's going to be a link from 4th street near i-80 all the way to chinatown, much underground and going under union square. the president's budget has $200 million for this project, another $700 million in federal funding to follow they believe. that's going to be completed in 2018. bringing bart to san jose, the warm spring station had its ground breaking in the fall of 2009. more ground breaking projects now that presiden
. mr. obama will appoint intel president and ceo paul otallini. interesting since otallini criticized policies and failed to create jobs or boost consumer confidence. two interesting pictures from last night's gathering to show you the venture capital at woodside. it shows the president and a virtual who's who of silicon valley. steve jobs, mark zuckerberg, john chambers of cisco, google's schmidt and there are others. the white house spokesman said much of the group discussion last night centered on ways to invest in innovation and job growth in the public sector. republicans are quick to point out ten of the 12 people at the kinnear last night here in the silicon valley are contributors to president obama and they say this is really a poorly disguised campaign swing, albeit an early one, for the next presidential election. they also have trouble with some of the money he wants to spend on all his projects. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> thanks a lot. oakland police say they're now closing an investigation into allegations of sexual acts involving second graders inside an oakland el
. >> the conservatives who gathered in washington hope to find their choice to replace president obama. >> making president obama a one-term president. >> president obama is no ronald reagan. >> reporter: texas congressman ron paul won the straw vote contest with 30%. the annual conference was about more than picking a candidate in to 2012. the want the republican party to act boldly in solving the country's problems. >> we need to restore american optimism and we need to restore america's hope for the future. >> the tea party showed off its power at the conference. just as it did on capitol hill this past week when freshmember republicans forced party leaders to nearly triple the size of proposed budget ky cuts, another sign conservatives are getting what they want. >> what we got in the last election is a reaction from the country, and they said, we want something in there to put a stop to this. >> reporter: the only question now? who will lead the g.o.p. effort next year to defeat president obama. >> two influential republicans, sarah palin, and mike huckabee skipped cpac this year. they have
now, president obama is challenging the nation's businesses to get in the game, by hiring more workers. it's part of a new white house strategy to improve relations with the nation's business community. emily schmidt has details about the president's first speech to the nation's chamber of commerce. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob, good morning to you. president obama is telling businesses he wants them to hang out more help wanted signs to help american workers. but critics say, that's one tough sales pitch, in this economic and political climate. with the markets up and unemployment down, president obama says it's time for u.s. businesses to invest in america. >> american companies have nearly $2 trillion sitting on their balance sheets. >> reporter: his audience has also been his frequent critic, the u.s. chamber of commerce. >> if there's a reason that you don't share my confidence, if there's a reason you don't believe this is the time to get off the sidelines, to hire and to invest, i want to know about it. i want to fix it. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner said in a
. bahrain is a key, u.s. ally and home to the navy's 5th fleet. >>> president obama and congressional republicans are lining up for a collision over spending, with a government shutdown looming in just over two weeks now. in the house yesterday, republicans advanced a $61 billion spending plan that would finance the government through september. president obama, though, threatened to veto, just hours after calling for some budgetary cooperation. >> this is a matter of everybodr having a serious conversation about where we want to go. and then, ultimately, getting in that boat at the same time, so it doesn't tip over. >> i've been inviting the president to have that conversation since he took office two years ago. through thbill moving through the house should be done by friday. but its future is anything but certain in the democratically-controlled senate. >>> well, your household budget could be facing cutbacks, too. prices for everything, from sugar to shoes, could be on the rise. and the reasons begin thousands of miles away. emily schmidt is now joining us from washington with mor
obama today emerged to call the bloodshed in libya outrageous and unacceptable. >>> and now, martha raddatz tells us more about gadhafi and his riches and his children, who seem to have their father's mercurial and extravagant ways. >> reporter: gadhafi continues the struggle to hold onto power, but it seems his own family has been out of control for decades. the hard partying, hard drinking and lavish spending of this famously fractious family has, according to u.s. dip low malts on wikileaks, provided enough dirt for a libyan soap opera. take eldest son saif, who vowed days ago his family would fight to the last bullet. he reportedly bought this $16 million mansion in london and two years ago, at a party on st. bart's another brother paid mariah carey $1 million to sing a few songs. and then he did it again. brother mutassim, libya's national security adviser, seen here with secretary of state clinton, returned to st. bart's last year and paid more than a million dollars to beyonce. all eight of gadhafi's children are believed to have benefited from billions of dollars of libya's
out. go out. >> reporter: president obama issued a written statement saying, we urge the egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes. and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step-by-step process that will lead to democracy. and that white house statement did not mention president mubarak by name. it continued, though, saying the egyptian people made it clear there's no going back to the way things were. vinita and rob? >> emily schmidt in washington this morning. thank you. >>> after yesterday's developments what is happening on the ground right now? aaron katersky joins us live from cairo. aaron, what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning. we're on the road to the part of cairo where the presidential palace is located. where president mubarak has been under heavy guard with members of his family, where they heard the speech that enraged people here. on the way, we're seeing empty streets. people are praying at friday prayers. but there's been calls for 21 egyptians to come to the streets. and we're waiting to see how the army responds to the prot
of the damage done. >> bay area tech leaders are getting set to welcome president obama tonight to the bay area. they're having dinner with him as part of his plan to spotlight education and innovation. jenelle wang is live in the news room with more, including some of the big names who will be breaking bread with the president. jeannette? >> just to let you know, i am not one of those people this is is a quick trip for president obama. he will fly in to attend an intimate dinner at a private location with bay area hi-tech executives. the white house has not released the official guest list yet but there are reports they include mark zuckerberg and google's ceo eric schmidt. these are many of the same executives that met with president obama in washington back in december to discuss job creation. this trip will also be focusing on jobs as well as innovation and education. it's not a fund-raising trip like many of his previous visits. has last visit in october included a $30,000 a head political fund-raiser at the home of google's vice president. this is the president's 8th official visit to cal
brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >>> a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage. the obama administration announced it will stop defending federal law banning same-sex marriages and could have an impact on the court fight over prop 8 here in california. abc 7 is live tonight with reaction. >> well the word went out today by people with the marriage equality to stage a rally here, a celebration rally on what for many was a surprise announcement by the obama administration. the president ordered his administration to stop defending the constitutionality of the federal law banning recognition of gay marriage. and declaring the 15-year-old defense of marriage act indefensible. the law had defined marriage only between a man and a woman. >> this is is a water shed moment. our president and representative stands with us i think the bottom line you can take is that this is the official position of the obama administration that sexual orientation is a constitutionally protected class and same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. the defense of marriage act, federal equivalent of
it credible. okay, thank you, christiane. and we both thought today, watching president obama, that he seemed to be expecting big news from president mubarak this morning. so, was this the news he expected? was he surprised? and what about mubarak's insistence that pressure from foreign powers is not going to move him? let's get the white house tonight reaction tonight from jake tapper. what about all of this? >> reporter: good evening, diane. i have to say, the chaos and confusion that so permeated throughout egypt made its way to the white house today. you're right, president obama seemed jubilant when he made remarks earlier today, talking about how we were witnessing history. although he did not want to get ahead of what president mubarak was going to announce. and later came the news that president mubarak was not taking president obama's advice and including opposition leaders and and he was not taking over concrete measures, lifting the emergency law immediately, as president obama has asked him to do. so, i have to say, though the white house right now is poring over mubarak and vice
's already under way. okay, martha. well, all of this only adds to as you know to the obama administration's high-wire. their very high diplomatic tightrope. how to stay close to an ally in a fragile part of the world and still embrace the egyptian people's call for democracy. jake tapper is at the white house tonight. what is the latest from there, jake? >> reporter: diane, the obama administration has dispatched a former ambassador, frank wisener, who was ambassador to egypt during the reagan and bush sr. years. he's on the ground there talking to egyptian officials about political reform. i asked is he there? is frank wisener there to gingerly show mubarak the door and the white house would not answer that question. >> but nonetheless have you detected a shift in tone? which direction? >> reporter: absolutely. it seems to be much more towards preparing for mubarak to leave. you hear president obama talk about an orderly transition. secretary of state clinton said the same thing on the sunday shows yesterday, an orderly transition. now, the administration says they're not talking about a
. president obama for the first time calling for moammar gadhafi's ousting, and word of another major defection, the loyal nurse so often at gadhafi's side, has left. and look at these images in eastern libya where opposition forces have taken one of the presidential palaces, discovering among others things, books on sorcery. we will get to it all tonight, but we begin with christiane amanpour, now on the ground, leading our coverage from tripoli tonight. >> here we are in tripoli, the libyan capital at the heart of the stronghold of moammar gadhafi. what some say may be his last major hold-out. we arrived at the airport aboard one of the few commercial airlines coming from europe. what we saw at the airport was a scene of reality, a sea of humanity outside. looks like workers who have come here from all over this part of the world, from the middle east, from other parts of africa, and who have pitched up at the airport for the last several days with no tickets and very little money. they're there with blankets. they have what little food they can muster. they're sleeping. we saw peop
in concord, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> president obama is callings for a six-year $63 billion spending plan for high-speed rails. he's requesting $8 billion in spending for what he'll submit to congress. much could be directed to california's high-speed rail process. vice president biden tried to say it would create jobs and loosen the economy. >> raise productivity, promotes and creates jobs. not just the job it creates just for the structure, the job it creates for the consequence of productivity. >> if approved, the money would go toward developing or improving trains that travel 250 mph and connect existing rail lines to new projects. they say any new high-speed rail investments should concentrate on the east-west corridor instead of california. >> job openings fell for the second p straight month in december. the labor department says employers advertised nearly 3 million jobs. that's a drop of almost 140,000 from november and the lowest number of jobs since september. abc 7 is trying to help. less than an hour from now we're cosponsoring a free job fair. don sanchez is live in co
, there will be chaos. he said that he told that also to president barack obama. he told me, quote, eastbound yauma is a very good man, but i told obama quote you don't understand the egyptian culture and what would happen fi stepped down right now. >> he said that he never intended for his son to follow him into office. and in yemen, tens of thousands of pro testers marched against their president. the west is concerned about instability in yemen because it's considered a main battle ground against al qaeda. in a special one-hour edition of night line tonight there will be more on the exclusive interview with egyptian president mubarak airing right here on abc 7. >> from the bay area to new york city, thousands of egyptian students are demonstrating against the reyeej here, being joined by many sympathetic to the cause. there is a look at what we hope to accomplish. >> this is all about pressure. pro dwrefrts want the obama administration to put enough pressure on president mubarak this, is the first protest we've seen in uc berkeley. and pretesters hering saying we'll continue to gather until he
, president obama had a talk with president mubarak. president obama told the egyptian leader that an orderly transition cannot be prolonged. it must begin now. that was after mubarak announced he would not seek re-election. christiane amanpour is on the ground. >> reporter: very few people thought a week ago that president mubarak would offer these con sengss, professions to lift the state of emergency and reform the election law. but is it enough for the people? they can see the end in sight. it's very unclear whether they will let him finish his term. this was the scene on cairo's square after president mubarak announced after 30 years after one-man rule, he was ready to leave office. i never asked to be a dictator, he said, and i will not be dominating myself for a new term for i have served egypt long enough though, the crowd became defiant again when mubarak said he was going stay on for a few more months to ensure law and order, to reform the constitution and the election process. president obama had this to see. >> the people of egypt, the young people of egypt, i want to be clear, we
hospital. >> president obama is waking up in the bay area after meeting with influential silicon valley ceo's and one is about to become even more influential thanks to an appointment by the president. terry mcsweeney is live at sfo where air force i will soon be taking off. terry? >> anonymous sources are saying whether there's an appointment to be made. this is intel president and ceo paul odallini. he's going to be named to the council of jobs and competitiveness. he's not always supportive of the president's policies. take a look at the president arriving out here at sfo yesterday afternoon. lieutenant governor gavin newsom was on hand. the president took off for a business meeting and dinner. the president going to woodside estate capitalist john door and other heavy hitters. the guests including apple ceo steve jobs, google ceo eric schmidt, oracle's larry ellison, yahoo's carol bartz. all to talk about jobs in hi-tech and green tech. >> as a country if we could figure out a way to build programs and support systems to encourage people to go into engineering and reward them accordingl
obama has been quietly petitioning restaurants to rethink their children's menu. consider an average 8-year-old should consume 1,500 calories a day. ruby tuesday's kids' mac and cheese has half a day's calories. applebee's mini cheeseburgers, 720 calories. add kid sized fries and milk, almost a day's calories in a single meal. >> junk food with pepperoni pizzas, cheese everywhere, soda pop in huge cups. that's the way to raise an obese generation of kids. and we're doing a pretty good job of it. >> reporter: sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> this comes on the heels of a news a few days ago a doctor saying we feed kids rice cereal too much, that's a bad carbohydrate leading to obesity. lots of advice out there for what not to feed the kids. >> they did poll mothers. they asked mothers what their babies were eating at certain marks of life. a lot of time you think this research doesn't correspond with real kids. this was done with real kids. >> absolutely. this is the one year anniversary of when michelle obama launched her anti-obesity initiative. hopefully we're getting thinner an
president obama, and they pushed the republican party to act boldly to solve the country's problems. >> we need to restore american optimism and we need to restore america's hope for the future. >> alan: no republican has officially launched a campaign so far. >>> the obama administration will release its budget plan for 2012 on monday and it's expected to include a good deal of cuts and investment projects. one of the projects is high-speed rail, which directly benefits california. president obama wants $53 billion for high-speed rail over the next few years. california plans to build 800 miles of track for high-speed trains between san francisco and san jose, fresno, and bakersfield, l.a. and orange county. the stimulus already provided $8 billion in funding for high-speed rail but republicans are trying to revoke 2.5 billion of that. >>> san jose has posted information about the salaries and benefits of every play ployee in the city for the year 2010. the former police chief robert davis had the highest total compensation with more than $534,000 in salary and benefits. city manager made
president obama and the democrats are paying lip service to job creation. >> top gop leaders are pointing fingers in washington. we'll tell you their straw poll favorites for the 2012 republican nomination for president. also the extraordinary sight outside the golden gate. a pod of ♪ leftover desserts, boardroom, now. and hurry before the interns get here. thanks but i already have some yummy black forest cake. black forest cake? ♪ so? [ female announcer ] need a guilt fretreat? tryoplait light. and i've lost weight. [ female announcer ] with 30 delicious flavors, all around 100 calories each. yoplait. it is so good. the yoplait you love, now in a 4-pack. try it today. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >> texas congressman ron paul has won the straw poll at the conservative political action conference better known as c-pac. yesterday he won the polls a second consecutive year. mitt romney finished second with 23%. meanwhile some gop heavy weights lagged behind. for example, newton gingrich finished fifth with 5% of the vote. former alaska governor sarah palin
'll get rid of you? what is their father thinking right now? and how will he respond to president obama's call for him to leave right away? and what will it all mean for your security? your gas tank? your life? >>> and closer to home, states of emergency. a crisis that hits all of us. where have the jobs gone? we'll ask four cash-strapped governors. do they have a plan to save your house? your schools? your pensions? a special edition of "this week" live from libya starts right now. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. from the heart of gadhafi's strong hold, the libyan capital, tripoli. we're among a small group of journalists who have been invited in. as the gadhafi regime tries to put its stamp now on the unfolding story here. as we try to sort fact from fiction, sometimes fact is so much stranger. who could possibly invent the rants and ravings of leader like the colonel? the defecting air force pilots? the libyan diplomats bursting into tears at the united nations? as they take a stand against their leader of 41 years. the tough new sanctions and gadhaf
obama, quite an extensive statement last friday in which he indicated on several occasions that this was an egyptian process, that this was an issue that the egyptian people would decide and that the importance was an orderly and meaningful transition of the presidency and the new direction towards greater democratic and economic and social reforms. ambassador wisner is a recognized, very competent and experienced diplomat as was mentioned by everybody associated to the administration, the spokesman of the -- the white house spokesman, and i'm sure his opinion is highly valued. >> let me ask you, a consensus seems to have come out of the meeting between vice president suleiman, the muslim brotherhood and others that they will form a committee to start talking about amending the constitution, but importantly, that they have agreed to lift the decades-old state of emergency. how significant is that? that, of course, has been responsible for the oppressive political atmosphere and repressive atmosphere here. >> it would be a very significant move. it has been a long-standing d
: but no room in the abby for the obamas or president sarkozy of france or his wife carla bruni. apparently, kanye west's name is on the door. william's a big fan. and thumbs up, too, for sir elton john. and harry is bringing chelsy davy. kate's pre-william fellow, yes, william's first love, yes, both on the list. william's aunt fergie, a snub. she fell out with diana and suffered some lurid headlines. >> he's not prepared to bury the hatchet with her. and frankly, i think the thought of her sitting in the pews with the rest of the world that day was too much. >> reporter: kate's black sheep uncle gary is coming. >> he's a millionaire exposed by the newspaper allegedly taking cocaine. >> reporter: 1900 guilt-edged invites were sent for the westminster abbey service. 600 of the guests will go on for lunch thrown by the queen and an intimate 300 will dine and dance that night at the palace. >> there will be foreign royals. the king of bahrain was invited before his troops opened fire on democracy protesters. there will be politicians, charity workers and william's military buddies. he's getti
thomas. >> and i'm kristen sze. the obama administration is talking with egyptian officials having the president resign immediately. they are protesting loudly in cairo's main square. >> anti-government demonstrators are vowing to stage the largest and most intense protests today. let's take a live picture from cairo where tens of thousands are gathered and praying in the square. they plan to fill every square in the city today demanding egyptian president hosni mubarak step down immediately after 30 years in power. they have checkpoints to make sure people are unarmed and the vice president promised the army would not turn on protestors. with all the unrest the obama administration is in talks with top egyptian officials to have egyptian president hosni mubarak step down and turn over power to a traditional government. the white house says egypt should be focusing on free and fair elections later this year. but speaking exclusively, he seems determined to stay in power until elections. >> he said christianian, after 32 years in public service, he says i want to go but i cannot res
, stiffness and pain. >>> president obama has fought a long battle with cigarettes. and apparently, he's winning. the first lady says mr. obama has not smoked in nearly a year. but there's still no word on when that first anniversary is. mrs. obama said the president wants to be able to tell his daughters that he is not a smoker. >>> one of the army's most high-profile soldiers is calling it quits. medal of honor recipient, sal giunta, is leaving the military to attend college in colorado. giunta is the first living service service member from the wars in afghanistan or iraq, to receive the nation's highest military honor. >>> well, as unlikely as it sounds, an immigration paperwork issue may be what ends the season of one of florida's best high school basketball teams. the team from miami's michael krop senior high was forced to forfeit all the games in which 19-year-old bryan delancy played. the problem, is that delancy came to the school three years ago from the bahamas. and the school never filed the right eligibility paperwork for him to play. an appeal is their last hope. >>> as
from the president, get in the game. president obama telling big business to get off the piles of cash and start hiring. will it create jobs? >>> digging in. protesters in egypt begin week three in liberation square. a high-profile hero of the demonstration is set free. >>> abc news exclusive, former defense secretary donald rumsfeld, emotional, fiery. why introduce iraq after 9/11? >>> and from missing the words on the national anthem to the contest for the best ad. winners and losers at the super bowl not on the playing field. >>> good evening, and we welcome you to a new week. it was just a short walk across the street from the white house today, but for president obama it was something of a long, tricky journey two years in the making. for the first time since taking office, he spoke to the u.s. chamber of commerce, the powerhouse of american business and his political adversary. he delivered an urgent message to the companies to get in the game, start spending money and hiring workers throwing down a gauntlet but also trying to build a bridge. jake tapper is at the white house. te
more flights are set for today. >> and president obama has sent a retireded senior diplomat to cairo to urge egyptians fishlgs to accept political and economic change. >>. >> we go tome pli schmidt in the capital with the details on this fast-moving story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. opposition groups in egypt really believe this could be their biggest day yet, fwleev if they can get an unprecedented number of protesters out on the street their calls for change will be too powerful for president mubarak to ignore. one week of protests behind them, one million egyptians are expected to march today. they'll go from liberation square to the presidential palace where president hosni mubarak lives and works with hopes that the ten-mile trip changes 30 years of the nation's history. >> whatever you do, you will be defeated, we never want you. >> reporter: even if president mubarak swore in a new cabinet yesterday and ordered his new vice president to talk with the opposition the crowds gathered against him and though the tanks lined up, the egyptian army vowed it will n
he say whether the obama administration has asked him to retire now? and how does he feel, does he feel betrayed by the american pressure? >> reporter: when i asked him if he felt betrayed, he sort of did a shrug and didn't answer. one way or another. but he did say that president obama was a very good man, he thought, but he didn't think that president obama understood the culture here and that if he resigned in this kind of situation immediately, then there would be chaos and he had to do it in an orderly way. >> right now, it seems the most threatening people on the streets are people who claim to be his supporters. who does he think is behind the violence? >> reporter: well, i asked him about that. people who are going and attacking the protesters in the square, using pictures of him, using signs saying "stay mubarak." and he denied that they had made any such order that their supporters should attack the protesters. he blamed agitators. he even at one point did suggest that the muslim brotherhood was behind it. but he also said to me, i am very unhappy about what i've seen in
protestors and the obama administration is calling for egyptian president hosni mubarak to step down sooner than later. i'll have a live report. >> a good friday morning to you. a live look from emeryville. the clear and cool conditions that await you this morning but unlike last weekend i have sunshine, dry weather and above average temperatures. how long they'll last. >> a pretty good ride this friday morning. no trouble 680 walnut creek but a couple close spots, one in san jose. details coming up. >> good morning, everyone. friday. doesn't that sound nice. 6:01. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's begin with a day of departure where hundreds of thousands of egyptian protestors have now converged on the heart of cairo which they hope will be the last big push to oust their president from office. jenelle following the developments more than a week now. >> the obama administration is pushing for two things this morning, number one, to have the egyptian government to announce a concrete tangible transition of power to calm the protestors and number two no violence by either side. prot
on washington, to denounce president obama's agenda and name their choice to replace him. >> thank you. thank you. >> reporter: it's the closest thing to a national audition for 2012. >> what we're watching is not "brave, new world." what we're watching is "groundhog day." >> reporter: the annual conservative political action conference, is the unofficial first blow in the fight for the presidential nomination. it's a parade of republican gladiators, past, present and future. today, we'll get the results of the first major straw poll of the 2012 season. there's the tea party candidates. >> the all-important must-have for 2012 is this -- making barack obama a one-term president. >> reporter: the establishment favorite, plenty of long shots and a wild card. >> the united states is becoming the laughing stock of the world. >> reporter: that's right. the republican field is so wide-open, the donald is hinting he wants america to hire him. >> there is no clear leader in the republican party. this is a party still in warlord status. >> reporter: warlords unafraid to go negative
creek. kristen? >> frances, thanks a lot. it's 4:32. president obama is leaving the bay area this morning after a high-powered dinner with silicon valley leaders last night. all the attention on intel this morning because of where the president is going today and the important job he gave to its ceo. terry mcsweeney is live at san francisco international airport. terry? >> president obama expected to take off from san francisco international about 8:30 this morning headed to intel just outside of portland, oregon. but last night here in the silicon valley, he met with the nation's hi-tech brain trust. take a look at pictures of the president as he arrived at sfo being greeted by former mayor and now lieutenant gavin newsom, san francisco mayor ed lee and then it was time to get down to business. president obama heading over to the woodside estate of venture capitalist john door. the guests at the estate. steve jobs, google ceo eric schmidt, facebook.com founder mark zuckerberg. larry ellison. cisco's john chambers, yahoo's carol bartz, discussion how to promote jobs in hi-tec
say that president obama was a very good man, he thought, but he didn't think that president obama understood the egyptian culture. and you don't understand what would happen if i resigned today. he said once he heard the demands of the people, that they were legitimate demands, he had made the decision to step aside. and he said he felt relief after that. i did say, where would he go after he stepped down? he said, egypt. this is my home. he didn't care what people were saying about him right now. he cared only about his country, about egypt. and when the time comes, he would die in egypt. and i got the sense today, though, there was an edge, obviously, to what's going on. there was an inner tension. but also, a sense of resignation, that whatever happens happens. and whatever their fate may be, so be it. >> truly extraordinary interview there. >>> and for days, the crowds were large, but peaceful. that all changed this past wednesday. >> on youtube, we're now seeing exactly what it was like insidet liberation square that night. a a place, now too dangerous for news cameras. >> of
. >>> and motown comes to the white house. first lady michelle obama welcomes john legend, smokey robinson and sheryl crow to the latest sound of young american serious. >> nice lineup. >>> we're fired up for sunday's oscar and the buzz is building all over the internet. >> whether movie producers or the academy itself like it, social media is a run to the red carpet. >> oscar, you're invited. >> reporter: oscar turns 83 years old this year but he doesn't look or act his age. oscar's got his own youtube channel and you can find him on facebook. that's only appropriate in a year when a leading contender is all about the social network. >> this is a once in a generation idea! >> reporter: the national board of review was first to call it the year's best. >> my children are on facebook. but i never paid attention. but they became interested in the film after being involved with facebook. and i became interested in facebook after seeing the film. >> reporter: the film has since lost ground to a more traditional movie "the king's speech" but hollywood is clearly feeling
. the u.n. security council meets this afternoon, right here in new york. >> president obama has been consulting with top european leaders over possible sanctions against the libyan regime. emily schmidt is in washington with more on the crisis. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. diplomats say they are not ruling out any options on sanctions. this means that libya's dictator could soon face more resistance from abroad, to go along with the uprisings at home. libyan anti-government protesters are moving closer to their capital, closer to moammar gadhafi's last area of control. and they say, they're united. >> there's no division between us. all one team. and we'll fight as one team, until we die or he's out. >> reporter: gadhafi shows no signs of leaving voluntarily. in a call to state tv, he says the protesters were on drugs. and blamed al qaeda for the uprising. >> translator: it is bin laden who is duping your sons. this is a fact. >> reporter: this independent video from an eastern port city earlier this week shows the force of people fighting for
wishes to him and his family. today president obama spoke briefly about the events in egypt. he says they are making progress toward a path out of their political crisis. he would not comment on the talks between egypt's vice president and opposition groups which occurred on sunday. >>> authorities are trying to piece together the chain of events in a frightening home invasion robbery near gilroy this morning. three men broke into his house and tied him up. the man told investigators they got a combination to his safe where they took a number of guns and also stole his pickup truck. >> we are trying to ascertain more information regarding the victim's relationship with them and from there we'll see more. >> they found the truck in the santa cruz mountains. homeowner gave authorities a vague description of two of the suspects saying they were in late 20s with slim builds. >> pg&e is investigating an explosion at a east bay mud facility in walnut creek. it happened this morning at a water pumping station near putnam boulevard. you can see the fire is smoldering of the transformer. it k
>> the crowd in the square delearis n washington, d.c. president obama pleased but somber. >> there are... very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. and this is one of the moments. >> jipt's armed forces supreme council now runs the country. a spokesman promised the army would transition to a representative government. the google executive whose postings helped spark this revolution says heroes under the streets. >> real heroes are in the streets. the real heroes are every single egyptian. there is no one leading this. one nin saying they're one of the leaders is not the truth. the leaders on the square were every single person there. he said he knew a year ago the internet would change the political scene in egypt. >> today i'm telling you that egypt is going to be a democratic state. you'll be impressed how fast we'll develop things. >> saying every egyptian in tahrir square was a leader. but his postings drove a lot of people to the square. coming up the silicon valley connection that took him to egypt, his arrest and how
also said the obama administration will consider the egyptian government's actions in reviewing decisions about $1.5 billion in u.s. aid to egypt. they urged egyptian president hosni mubarak to stop the violence but stopped short of saying he should step down immediately. journalists are now being attacked they say by pro-mubark recruiters. we'll be following the developments all day and, of course, bring you the latest at 5 and 6:00. >> jenelle, thanks very much. back here at home more than three-quarters of the nation is feeling the effects of record snow, coatings of ice and high winds steam rolling from texas and the midwest all the way to new england. the blizzard is now considered the third worse in chicago history. 250 drivers had to be rescued from the city's lake shore drive overnight. some were stranded for five hours it is. >> frozen, nothing's moving. it's just like insane. >> we know that hundreds of people were very inconvenienced and we apologize for that. >> more than a million americans could be without power by this afternoon because of downed lines. and more t
:00 and 6:00. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you. >> president obama is planning to call new zealand's president later today to reiterate u.s. support for the country devastated by a powerful earthquake two days ago. >> teams are rushing in with help. jenelle joins us with the latest. >> it's now 8 a.m. thursday morning in new zealand. search and rescue teams continue looking for survivors. anyone trapped under the rubble has now been buried 43 hours and counting (screams) >> new pictures emerging showing the horror of the 6.2 earthquake and aftermath as dust covers the city. >> oh, my god. >> you can hear this man' panicked voice as he runs outside with his camera to see the devastation. >> my gosh. people are in there? >> and pictures from the epicenter of tuesday's quake hones the story of must have had and debris covering the roads. crews rescued 120 people. some needed limbs amputated to free them from the rubble. the search continues for survivors. more than 300 are still missing. >> hello! >> tragic news the death toll now at 75 and counting. police believe dozens are
government? >> president bush turned down a request for clemency. president obama has not been asked. the elder lind does not think president obama would grant clemency. john walker lindh grew up in marin county and serving 20 years for supplying his services to the taliban but could be released in 2013. >> your favorite bookstore might be about to close. a dozen borders bookstores are getting ready to close down. borders is filing for bankruptcy. >> this borders bookstore is one of 200 that will close doors after the company announced it must restructure. >> it makes me sad. they just arrived here in alameda. i'm going to be sad to see them go. >> i was disappointed when they came n they drove out a couple of small bookstores in the mall. and in this investigator bay area, two are closing in san francisco. and three in the south bay, and one in santa cruz. the mish-based company says the store that's are closing represent about 30% of the 642 borders nationwide. they employ 18,000 people. and jeff nunberg says boredders didn't look at other venue autos they were late getting into on
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